How Can Weighted Blankets Help Your Sleep?

How Can Weighted Blankets Help Your Sleep?

Weighted blankets are blankets that range from 4 to 30 pounds. They are this heavy because of many stitched pockets of polypropylene pellets – the same pellets used for small bean bags and plush toys. Weighted clothing and blankets have been used in occupational therapy for a long time for autistic people and people with anxiety and depression. However, even if you don’t need occupational therapy, a weighted blanket might be a good choice for you to ward off insomnia and anxiety.

How Can A Weighted Blanket Help?

Read this to decide if it waited like it might be right for you and how to pick the right one if it is!

Offer Deep Pressure Stimulation – Reducing Cortisol and Increasing Serotonin

These blankets serve to “ground” your body while you sleep which helps to reduce the amount of cortisol that your body produces. Cortisol is the hormone that causes your brain to feel anxious or depressed. Cortisol also messes with your circadian rhythm, which helps you to sleep properly, and your immune system which keeps you healthy.

They also help to trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin which make you feel happier and help to combat the cortisol production overall within your brain.

Help You Keep Warm

Thanks to the weighted pellets and the other padding in the blanket, these blankets actually do keep you quite warm while you sleep under them. This can help you feel really cozy without overheating you while you sleep.

How to Pick the Right Weighted Blanket

If you think that a weighted blanket is the right choice for you, here are some buyers tips. It may be helpful to talk to a doctor before purchasing a weighted blanket if you are going through menopause, have circulation or respiration issues, or have a chronic health condition.

Check the Weight Ratio

Physicians and manufacturers recommend that adults pick a blanket that is between 5 and 15 percent of their body weight. This percentage rating is useful so that you aren’t under a blanket that is crushing you, but there’s enough pressure for it to be worth your money.

Check the Length

Make sure that the length of your blanket is long enough to cover you. There’s nothing more annoying than a blanket that won’t quite reach your toes.

Check the Fabric

If you have trouble with regulating your temperature while you sleep or live in a particularly hot area, you may want to go for a blanket that is made from a natural fiber like cotton or bamboo. If you are always cold when you sleep, a synthetic fabric while probably keep you warmer.

Check Reviews

As always, you should read the reviews for any weighted blanket that you are tempted to purchase. If the customers who purchased it report low-quality products or damage upon arrival, it may be useful for you to check out another company. If you have friends or family that have purchased these blankets before, you can try them out to see if they will work for you.

 

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